ELITE – London Stock Exchange Group

This year we have reached a community of 1,400 companies and 350 professional investors, together with 200+ parters and advisors from 45 countries around the world. In order to achieve our ambitious objectives, we launched two innovative funding products: the ELITE Basket Bond® which is a funding tool represented by the issuance of securities collateralized by a basket of bonds issued by ELITE companies and the SPAC in CLOUD model which simplify the listing process for SMEs. All innovations we launched on the market leverage on digital technologies since we are bridging the gap between private companies and capital markets by lowering funding costs. We offer multiple funding options which are a new opportunity compared to the traditional bank system. Here is where we are playing a key role within the fintech industry: In particular, the ELITE Basket Bond® is a unique way of providing debt financing to ELITE companies and offer to institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the real economy. By grouping together under a securitisation transaction a number of bonds issued by SMEs, those companies was enabled to access to competitive funding conditions and investments by institutional investors that would not have the possibility to directly invest in small single bonds (i.e. European Investment Bank and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti - the Italian National Promotional Bank that was the lead investors in the EBB1 involving 10 Italian SMEs). The SPAC in CLOUD tool streamlines the access to public markets leveraging on digital capabilities of the ELITE platform and combines the advantages of the traditional SPAC and the digital fundraising model of the ELITE platform. In a nutshell the tool allows companies to list on public markets in less time and at a very low cost.

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